The North East of Edinburgh contains some of the highest levels of poverty in Scotland and the Beat Hunger campaign is aimed at tackling food inequality and poverty funded by Police Scotland's Local Partnership and Initiative Fund.

Local Community Sergeant Elaine McArthur-Kerr of Leith Police Station has been working in partnership with Edinburgh Community Food, North East Edinburgh Food Bank and Capital Wholesalers to co-ordinate the campaign which launched in March 21.  Initially it was open to identified groups within the foodbank community.  It has now been extended to the wider community through referrals nominated by partners.

'Beat Box' 

Recipients are supplied with free additional support in the appropriately titled ‘Beat Box’, which includes a community cook book with recipes by Michelin Star Chef Martin Wishart. The book contains simple nutritious meals, which can be cooked using the most basic cooking facilities and includes step by step instructions and tips on food management. The recipes cater for those with no cookery skills and will provide an at home activity for families.

Each week the 'Beat Box' contained fresh ingredients, donated by Edinburgh Community Food and Capital Wholesalers and the utensils required to cook a meal from the book. 

Information on family, financial, mental health support and nutrition information was also included.